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Environmental Investments on Private Land: Planting Trees in Chipata

This study in Zambia compares the impact of providing incentives and inputs to encourage farmers to grow nitrogen-fixing trees.

Researchers
Paulina Oliva, Kelsey Jack, Sam Bell et al.
Methodologies
Experimental Methods, - Randomized Evaluation
Locations
Zambia (Sub-Saharan Africa)
Development Topics
Agriculture (Inputs); Climate & Environment
Using GPS-Enabled Cell Phones to Monitor Agricultural Extension Agents in Paraguay

Researchers study the impact of cell phones on agricultural extension worker performance.

Researchers
Methodologies
Experimental Methods
Locations
Paraguay (Latin America and the Caribbean)
Development Topics
Agriculture; Public Service
The Effects of Marriage Customs on Child Investment

Researchers study the effects of bride and groom prices on parents’ human capital investment in their children by gender.

Researchers
Methodologies
- Randomized Evaluation
Locations
Pakistan (South Asia)
Development Topics
Health (Child Health)
Can Mistargeting Destroy Social Capital and Stimulate Crime? Evidence from a Cash Transfer Program in Indonesia

This study explores how mistargeting of a cash transfer program increased crime rates in Indonesia.

Researchers
Manisha Shah, Lisa Cameron
Methodologies
Non-Experimental Methods
Locations
Indonesia (Southeast Asia)
Development Topics
Finance & Cash Transfers (Cash Transfers)
Household Electricity Connections in Kenya

Subsidies of varying amounts were distributed to determine at what price the majority of Kenyans will connect to the national grid, and to explore the social and economic impacts of electrification.

Locations
Kenya (Sub-Saharan Africa)
Development Topics
Finance & Cash Transfers (Financial Services); Climate & Environment (Energy)
Courting Safe Behaviors: Testing Courtyard-based Safe Water and Hygiene Interventions in Urban Bangladesh

Researchers test behavioral strategies to encourage communities in Bangladesh to treat drinking water with a chlorine dispenser and to wash hands with soap.

Researchers
David I. Levine, Stephen Luby, Raymond Guiteras
Methodologies
Experimental Methods, - Randomized Evaluation
Locations
Bangladesh (South Asia)
Development Topics
Health (WASH)
Impact of Mobile Phones on Learning Outcomes in Niger

Researchers investigated the impact of mobile phone use on learning outcomes by students in adult education programs in randomly selected villages in Niger.

Researchers
Travis Lybbert, Jenny C Aker, Christopher Ksoll
Methodologies
Experimental Methods, - Randomized Evaluation
Locations
Niger (Sub-Saharan Africa)
Development Topics
Education & Labor; Technology & Infrastructure (Information & Communications Technology)
Evaluating the African Health Market for Equity (AHME) Initiative in Kenya

Researchers evaluate the impact of a multi-pronged private healthcare initiative on healthcare utilization, quality of care, clinic financial outcomes, and child health outcomes in Kenya.

Researchers
Paul Gertler, Dominic Montagu
Methodologies
Experimental Methods, - Randomized Evaluation
Locations
Kenya (Sub-Saharan Africa)
Development Topics
Health; Public Service
Microenterprise Growth and the Flypaper Effect

This study compares the effects of cash grants to those of in-kind donations on microenterprise profits.

Researchers
Marcel Fafchamps, David McKenzie, Simon Quinn et al.
Methodologies
Experimental Methods
Locations
Ghana (Sub-Saharan Africa)
Development Topics
Finance & Cash Transfers (Financial Services; In-Kind Transfers)
Text Message Loan Repayment Reminders for Micro-Borrowers in the Philippines

Researchers test the use of SMS reminders on microfinance repayment in the Philippines.

Researchers
Melanie Morten, Dean Karlan; Jonathan Zinman
Methodologies
Experimental Methods, - Randomized Evaluation
Locations
Philippines (Southeast Asia)
Development Topics
Finance & Cash Transfers (Financial Services)
Exposure to Violence and Risk Preferences in Afghanistan

This study shows exposure to violence increases risk aversion Afghanistan.

Researchers
Michael Callen, James D. Long, Michael Callen et al.
Methodologies
Experimental Methods, - Randomized Evaluation
Locations
Afghanistan (South Asia)
Development Topics
Public Service (Conflict)
Impact of Household UV Drinking Water Treatment System in Mexico

In Mexico, researchers tested the impact of a novel UV household water treatment system on water quality and diarrhea prevalence.

Researchers
Jack Colford, Joshua S. Gruber, Fermin Reygadas et al.
Methodologies
Experimental Methods, - Randomized Evaluation
Locations
Mexico (Latin America and the Caribbean)
Development Topics
Health (WASH); Technology & Infrastructure (Water & Sanitation)